Conference on systems engineering research at Stevens Institute of Technology, Mar. 14-16

February 13, 2007

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The Schaefer School of Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology and the Embedded Systems Institute in collaboration with University of Southern California (USC), present the 5th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER-07), March 14 to 16, 2007, on Stevens' campus in Hoboken, N.J.

Dr. Rashmi Jain, Stevens Associate Professor of Systems Engineering and Chair of the CSER-07 Technical Program, says, "The primary conference objective is to provide practitioners and researchers in academia, industry, and government a common platform to present, discuss and influence Systems Engineering research with the intent to enhance Systems Engineering practice and education."

This year's conference will focus on research addressing the conception, design and architecture, development, modeling and simulation, production, operation and support of these systems; definition of metrics of performance, and improvement methods; assessment and mitigation of risks; definition of critical success factors; and best practices. The refereed research papers at the conference will be complemented with invited talks.

Day One kicks off at 1 p.m. in The DeBaun Auditorium, located in Edwin A. Stevens Building, with remarks from conference Chair Rashmi Jain. University Provost and Vice President of Stevens, Dr. George P. Korfiatis, will offer remarks of welcome to the Stevens campus shortly thereafter. Following the keynote, Mr. Paul Robitaille, Systems Fellow, Lockheed Martin and President of INCOSE will welcome attendees to CSER 2007. Dr. Brian Sauser, Assistant Professor and CSER-07 Technical Program Co-Chair, will then offer an overview of the day's technical program at 2 p.m.

The conference will feature four keynote addresses by forefront experts in the field of systems engineering:
Day One: Dr. James Finley, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology
Day Two: Mr. Mark Schaeffer, Director of Systems and Software Engineering, AT&L, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Dr. Erik Loopstra, ASML Fellow.
Day Three: Mr. John Gully, General Manager and Senior Vice President, SAIC

Original research papers will be delivered throughout the three-day conference addressing intelligent, emergent, network-centric systems; system of systems engineering, development, integration, and deployment; game theory- and agent-based systems simulation and modeling; managing and architecting the extended enterprise system; systems engineering methodologies, practices, methods, tools, and metrics; systems engineering management, strategy, and competency development.

The refereed research papers at the conference will be complemented with invited talks in the following areas:
-Agility and Governance in Security Systems
-Defense View on Considerations for System of Systems SE
-The Modeling Palette for Large Scale Systems and Enterprises
-Systems Engineering Competency Development
-Practices and Priorities for the Acquisition of Systems Capabilities of National Importance
-A Framework for Architectural Knowledge Management

In addition, there will be a track at the CSER-07 dedicated to papers and presentations emphasizing ongoing research at the doctoral level in systems engineering and related areas. Conference sponsors and supporters include the National Defense and Industrial Association, INCOSE, and the Systems and Enterprise Architecting Laboratory. For information on the conference program, directions and registration please visit, or call Assistant Director of Systems Engineering Elaine Chichizola at 201-216-8025, email
About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis®, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Stevens offers baccalaureates, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 1,850 undergraduate and 2,980 graduate students, and a worldwide online enrollment of 2,250, with a full-time faculty of 140. Stevens' graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at For the latest news about Stevens, please visit


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